We are officially out of tomorrows as the big day in New Mexico descends upon us. For those of you that aren’t aware, the pending litigation in New Mexico will likely not be settled tomorrow or even next week. The main thing that will be decided is whether or not there will be an injunction that will prevent these slaughter houses from opening before the case is complete. One one hand, you have Front Range Equine, HSUS, et al stating that until it can be decided on whether or not the USDA was in violation of NEPA, that these slaughter plants should not open due to the potential environmental damage etc. On the other you have the slaughterphiles saying they should be allowed to rape and pillage the environment in the meantime while we wait. How it plays out is anybody’s guess. I may be a bit biased in my thinking. With the clock ticking down on this important date, Slaughterhouse Sue has laid down the links and press releases like a woman possessed or at least a creature under the influence of adulterated meat. As always, I feel the need to save you all the time of going to find them and share with you here. No need to thank me, I’m feeling magnanimous today.
Despite being busy pimping out her newest little business venture where you can `crop share’ any meat from horse to a barn cat, Suey found the time to issue another press release today whilst wearing her IEBA dunce cap. (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs133/1103685263837/archive/1114375761005.html). I will break it down for you as she really flexed her creative writing muscle in putting this little gem together.
As the horse industry in the United States continues its dogged and tenacious struggle for a return of normalcy in the face of defamation and abuse perpetrated by extremist fundraising groups, it seems the hysterical, unsubstantiated, uncalled for campaigns of fallacious misinformation (in other words, flat out lies) just keep getting louder and more obnoxious. When you start following the money from any of dozens of groups, all roads lead to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and their hundreds of millions of deceptively raised dollars.
– Extremist fundraising groups, huh? That’s a new one for me, especially since lately it seems to be the UH and IEBA that are crying broke and screeching for their supporters to send money. Of course for Suey and company, it always ends up being about the HSUS and their money. I guess the ability to read a mandate or even understand what one is, is far beyond their learning levels. Nice to see she busted out her thesaurus to make things interesting, if not professional.
After enduring the Obama Administration slipping a last minute, unannounced, back door provision in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) budget request seeking to reinstate the disastrous defunding of inspectors for horse processing plants in the Agricultural Appropriations bill, and both houses of Congress ignoring their own Government Accountability Office (GAO) study “HORSE WELFARE: Action Needed to Address the Unintended Consequences of Domestic Slaughter Cessation,” and completely ignoring the horse industry, the agriculture industry, the scientists, the veterinarians, the tribes, the state governments, the county governments, and plain old common sense in favor of a culturally arrogant and elitist viewpoint of a Washington, D.C. beltway insulated special interest group with a radical vegan agenda it wants to impose on every American…I know I am not the only one in the horse business that was disheartened.
– Wait a minute, wasn’t it actually the slaughterphiles that did the super secret last-minute creeping around that lead to stripping of the defunding language last time? For Suey to say that they got back doored by having the language put back in is kinda funny to me. At the very least it would be a prime example of them being hoisted by their own petard. Clearly, Suey is unaware that the GAO report has been proven a complete and utter fraud. (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/58277209/How%20the%20GAO%20Deceived%20Congress%20v4.pdf) I think what she is actually trying to say here is that the only feelings and opinions that count in this matter are pro-slaughter ones as there are far more horse industry people, veterinarians, tribes, etc. that are very much anti and that’s not even counting the 80% of taxpayers whose money she wants to spend.
Nonetheless, sometimes truth and justice do prevail, and we have several positive developments that have come from the federal government to point to today. Earlier the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that they had no choice but to follow the law and would finally issue grants of inspection to horse facilities that meet the requirements. (Never mind that the plants had met those requirements, or easily could have, mere weeks after the annual riders were taken off of the Ag Appropriations bill in November of 2011–a delay that caused the loss of literally millions of dollars, hundreds of unfilled jobs, and untold loss of value within the horse industry, not to mention equally untold amounts of unnecessary and totally preventable prolonged and increased suffering of thousands of horses).
– She trots this piece of information out like it is a recent development. She also seems to forget that during the time there has been no domestic slaughter, the same number of horses have shipped to slaughter every single year. Sometimes even more and it didn’t seem to make a difference. The reason she keeps saying `untold’ this and `untold’ that is because she has no solid data to back up her ludicrous claims. It’s just Suey stating her misguided opinion as fact…..AGAIN.
At least FSIS did issue at the same time a powerful response to HSUS’ “Petition for Rulemaking” that categorically denied every single one of HSUS’ bogus contentions.
Almost immediately, and sadly predictably, HSUS wasted no time and with their affiliate Front Range Equine Rescue filed a lawsuit seeking to stop FSIS from providing inspectors based on extremely flimsy environmental grounds. They first filed this in the liberal 9th District Court in San Francisco, their favorite venue. Fortunately attorneys were able to point out the obvious forum shopping, and the case was moved to New Mexico where Valley Meats has an ongoing lawsuit against FSIS for holding them up for over a year. Tomorrow, August 2, the New Mexican judge will rule on HSUS’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.
– Again, old news by now. *YAWN*
Today, we wanted to share with you the even more strongly worded and unambiguous submission to the 10th District Court by the Department of Justice on behalf of FSIS, “Federal Defendants’ Opposition to Plaintiffs’ July 2, 2013 Motion for Preliminary Injunction,” which correctly points out that the fear and unsubstantiated speculation of a few animal rights activists is not grounds for impeding legitimate business, that the allegations of HSUS will not prevail in a court of law without clear and convincing evidence, and that HSUS has failed to provide any evidence whatsoever. You will find reading just the introduction and the conclusion refreshing and enlightening.
We also wanted to share with you a series of editorials that confront the “Lies” of HSUS head on from the horse industry perspective. The editorials address lies about food safety and the Safety of American Horse Meat, the Environmental Impacts of Meat Processing, Animal Welfare, What Really Happens in a Horse Slaughter Plant, and concludes with a Point by Point Rebuttal of HSUS Lies Encapsulated in Their Litigation Attacks on Small Horse Processing Facilities.
– I don’t expect anybody to actually wade through the first link. It’s a standard filing in opposition to the request for preliminary injunction. We didn’t really expect them to agree with one being granted did we? Of course not! It’s basically their version of the situation. What Suey fails to mention is that it was filed on July 19th. Since then, the plaintiffs have filed a response outlining exactly why they expect to succeed and citing several precedents (http://docs.burningbird.net/horse/courtcase/document78.pdf). As Suey advised, you WILL find reading just the introduction and conclusion refreshing and enlightening.
As for the rest of her links, well it’s just more of her outrageous opinion papers with absolutely NOTHING to back up her position aside from the GAO report. You know, I half expect the PSAs to walk into court with a shoe box full of lined note paper all folded up, with the check yes or no boxes on it regarding horse slaughter. That’s about how scientific as they in collecting data.
Our hope is that the documents linked to here will be useful for communicating to Congress, the media, and to the American people. Feel free to share, post, excerpt, and publish widely. As always, if you have comments or questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Thank you, Suey. Your documents and editorials will be MOST useful for communicating to Congress, media and the general public as we can pull out science, data and facts to debunk them. In fact, I have taken a screen shot of your footer on the press release where you can’t even be arsed to spell `European’ correctly. Way to stay classy!
Not content just to issue a press release, Suey shared that they had found themselves some more Indians to join into the fray. “More good news. The tribes, the states, the counties, the horse industry, the ag industry…now if we can just convince the U.S. Congress that listening to a handful of arrogant, elitist “inside the beltway” animal rights activist snobs is the wrong position…” She really is stuck on this `arrogant, elitist’ thing, isn’t she? (http://watchdog.org/98540/navajo-nation-will-support-nm-horse-processing-plant/). She makes no mention of her disgusting foot in the mouth incident of calling Chief David Bald Eagle a faux chief and suggesting he was paid of his opinion, she just goes ahead and digs up more native spokes people that they have managed to sway with the promise of untold riches.
Let’s move right along to the next link she smacked down in the hopes of shaking her followers out of their Bute induced stupor. “Okay, great, Secretary Vilsack, now let’s see you knock yourself out to reopen the E.U. market for high quality for U.S. cheval!” (http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/bulletins/85b02b) I wonder if Suey realizes that Vilsack is on her side of the pending litigation in New Mexico? At any rate, the link is more than misleading as it is all about the beef industry and makes no mention of the fact that US horse meat is banned in the EU as of July 31st due to non-compliance with their required traceability. I guess it wouldn’t do to point that out to the horse eaters as they are all busy figuring out how many extra cases of beer they can buy with all the money they have been promised they’re going to make from selling off their cull horses.
Guess what? She still wasn’t done. At the 11th hour, she managed to get NM state rep. Sandra Jeff to write a little letter. I’m not sure who the letter is to or what it is supposed to accomplish as it isn’t for the court case. I guess Suey gets off on finding kindred spirits in horse hating or something. (http://ieqbassn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Re-Jeff-horse-release-21.pdf). Sandra Jeff is apparently a member of the Navajo tribe and was formerly best known for accusing the House Speaker’s chief of staff of swearing at her or something. Anyhow, her letter says little new other than to say that the Navajo think horses are sacred but they still want to slaughter them. She says that they are not wild, but feral and somehow manages to guarantee that none of them have drugs in their systems. Jeff goes on to admit they ship their horses to slaughter in Mexico at the current time. I have to wonder what difference it makes whether they are getting killed in an EU sanctioned slaughter-house in Mexico or a Slaughterhouse Sue one in the US? There is no difference to the horse other than how long they stand on a trailer and we already know most injuries in hauling happen during or right after they load. Without realizing it, she basically says that slaughter hasn’t fixed their problem. Seriously.
So, we end another link fest brought to you by Slaughterhouse Sue and her merry band of horse haters. I’m sure many of them will be dreaming of horses flailing around on the bleed rail with visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads tonight. I’m not going to throw any negative energy on things and hope for the best. Just realize that no matter what happens, things are far from over. There is still defunding language in the budget and the SAFE Act is out there needing your support. Even if the absolute worst was to happen tomorrow, their days of profiting from the torture of equines are very numbered. We keep moving forward, no matter what. Stay positive!